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ADHD Does Not Exist: The Truth About Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder Hardcover – February 18, 2014


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperWave; 1 edition (February 18, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006226673X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062266736
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

Roughly 11 percent of children and 4 percent of adults in America have been labeled with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). But is ADHD even an illness? Physician Saul proposes that ADHD is actually a collection of symptoms caused by other medical conditions: mood disorders (major depression or bipolar disorder), hearing loss, vision problems, substance abuse, hyperthyroidism, sleep problems, absence seizures, learning disabilities, and OCD. According to Saul, a false diagnosis of ADHD delays or prevents initiating appropriate treatment of the actual cause of symptoms like impulsivity and distractibility. Additionally, incorrect diagnoses of ADHD subjects individuals to unnecessary utilization of stimulants. Drugs like Ritalin and Adderall can produce side effects (notably sleep disturbance and decreased appetite) and be abused. Saul believes that medical practitioners, pharmaceutical companies, the media, and patients themselves have engendered an epidemic of misdiagnosed ADHD with serious consequences, including overuse of prescription medication. He writes that ADHD is too often a rushed, careless diagnosis or an excuse for behavior. Sure to ruffle some feathers, ADHD Does Not Exist is provocative and pensive. --Tony Miksanek

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“Parents will be better armed to ask more of the right questions after reading Saul’s book.” (Publisher's Weekly)

“Sure to ruffle some feathers, ADHD Does Not Exist is provocative and pensive.” (Booklist)

“A provocative, valuable guide for parents, school personnel and medical practitioners who deal with individuals showing symptoms routinely attributed to ADHD.” (Kirkus Review)

“…an accessible, detailed, and well-documented list of rule-outs for those who are exploring an ADHD diagnosis. VERDICT: Essential for parents and teachers.” (Library Journal)

More About the Author

Dr. Richard Saul is a professor, clinician, researcher, and radio personality. For more than fifty years Dr. Saul has incorporated his clinical and academic experience into the practice of behavioral neurology and development. He served as the chairman of the department of pediatrics at Highland Park Hospital, and the medical director of an HMO in North Suburban Chicago. While working with the Health Systems Agency, a federal program, he was responsible for containing healthcare costs in Illinois.

Dr. Saul has been a Castle and Connolly Best Doctor in Chicago for the past ten years. His work has been applauded in US News & World Report. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Neurology, and the Society for Behavior and Development. He earned his M.D. at Chicago Medical School. He lives with his wife outside of Chicago.

Customer Reviews

The most disturbing part about this book is the title which is very misleading.
Leonard Bennati
Pretty much Dr. Saul explains what causes the symptoms of ADHD, not that ADHD doesn't exist at all.
BooksArePortableMagic
I do not agree with him and I hope that people can see through the false information.
S.V.T

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

36 of 42 people found the following review helpful By BooksArePortableMagic on March 5, 2014
Format: Hardcover
The title is very misleading. Pretty much Dr. Saul explains what causes the symptoms of ADHD, not that ADHD doesn't exist at all.

The book talks mostly about ADHD in children as opposed to adults. I was looking for more information about ADHD in adults. Dr. Saul's explanation of the symptoms of ADHD in children is good but in adults it was severely lacking. ADHD presents itself differently in adults. I thought the chapter on sleep disorders chapters was best in regards to adult ADHD.

The chapter on mood disorders was good but lacking. I thought it focused far too much on bipolar disorder and not enough on unipolar depression. I was hoping for more of an explanation on how depression causes symptoms of ADHD beyond saying "depression makes you distracted."

The chapters on vision and hearing were excellent. My brother struggled with school terribly when he was a child. No one could figure out how to make him do better. This was before ADHD was common so he was never diagnosed with it. After being held back twice a doctor finally realized he needed tubes in his ears. It was life changing to say the least. His son just got tubes in his ears last month so it's definitely something genetic.

I found the chapter about iron deficiency useful although if iron deficiency is the most common nutritional problem, why wasn't it given more significance in the book?

I'm sure the other chapters are good as well but because I have no background in learning disorders, schizophrenia, asperger's (and so on) it's hard for me to say one way or the other.

What I found most baffling of all was the chapter on neurochemical distractability/impulsivity. Dr. Saul writes that NDI is NOT a formal diagnosis and does not appear in the medical books. What!?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ian on September 8, 2014
Format: Hardcover
There isn't much wrong in what is written by Saul about ADHD, except that it is an anecdotal argument against one specific disorder, that is basically applicable to almost every disorder out there you can find in the DSM. Not so much informative on ADHD, but a typical example of skepticism in diagnosis in general, where you can substitute "ADHD" with almost any disorder names and it will still be an equally sound argument.
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25 of 33 people found the following review helpful By S.V.T on May 26, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I can tell you that the majority of the book is just based on the author's opinions. He includes little evidence about the compelling and groundbreaking research that has shaped society's understanding of a very complex psychological condition. Instead, he focuses on information that is not supported and uses outdated research that existed before ADHD was even understood as a neurological condition. Nobody really understands ADHD and how it affect's the lives of individuals as well as their families. As somebody who has suffered from the condition since early childhood, I can tell you that it most certainly exists and causes a great deal of difficulty for people like me. I don't understand why Dr. Saul can boldly say that the condition does not exist. He might as well say that Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, and Personality Disorders does not exist either. I do not agree with him and I hope that people can see through the false information. People who want to know more about ADHD should not consult this book by any means. Hopefully, those who do read the book take what Dr. Saul says with a grain of salt and understand that it does not represent the big picture of a very serious and lifelong condition.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gabrielle Zdep on November 9, 2014
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From my book review blog, which you can find at http://gabbyecho.blogspot.com

Hi readers! My next review is on "ADHD Does not Exist" by Dr. Richard Saul. It was going to be on Stephen King's "Light and the Glass", but this book was a quicker read. Also, I have ADHD.

Here's a link to look at "ADHD Does Not Exist" on Amazon. I'm really torn on this book. I'd give it 2 or 3 out of 5 stars, but again, it was a complicated book to read / review.

Dr. Saul draws on about 50 years of experience as a physician and develops the conclusion that ADHD is not ACTUALLY a real condition. Instead, he argues, the symptoms of ADHD may be the symptoms of as many as twenty other disorders, illnesses or conditions. These include, among other things: hearing or vision problems, "not getting enough sleep", substance abuse problems, bipolar disorder, Aspergers disorder, giftedness, among others such as allergies and vitamin deficiency, such as iron, which can be common. He uses anecdotal evidence from different patients he's seen over the years who did not, in fact, have ADHD.

I'm going to split this entry into what I did not agree with, and why, and what I did agree with, and why. And then a part about the not-great writing.

The Good:

Dr. Saul does recognize that ADHD is HIGHLY overdiagnosed and its almost a go-to label to slap on a kid and throw stimulants at him sometimes. It happens all the time. It might be happening to someone I know, which I am not thrilled about. I don't think that any kid under the age of 7 should be treated with something as strong as stimulants. THEIR BRAINS ARE STILL DEVELOPING FOR GODSSAKES. Give him a chance! Anyway...
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